Peace Journalism Perspective

EDITORIAL

Prof. Johan Galtung

The Fall of the US Empire-And Then What?

by Johan Galtung, 1 Sep 2014 - TRANSCEND Media Service

US Fascism? Yes, indeed. A deeply tragic development. Such an innovative country and nothing better to offer than macro bombing, meso droning and micro sniping. We sense the military-industrial complex at work--the bomb industry upfront.

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NOBEL LAUREATES

The Fall of France

by Paul Krugman, Nobel Economics Laureate – The New York Times

It’s a remarkable spectacle. France isn't Greece; it isn't even Italy. But it is letting itself be bullied as if it were a basket case.

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Other Commentaries

SPECIAL FEATURE

The Fukushima Nuclear Accident as Told by Plant Manager Masao Yoshida

by The Asahi Shimbun – TRANSCEND Media Service

The document remains the only available official transcript of the testimony by Yoshida, the on-site commander of efforts to bring the situation under control, who died in July 2013 of esophageal cancer without having disclosed much to the media.

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90% of TEPCO Workers Defied Orders, Fled Fukushima Plant in 2011

by Hideaki Kimura – The Asahi Shimbun

Almost all workers, including managers required to deal with accidents, defied orders and fled the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant at a critical juncture when the disaster was unfolding in March 2011, documents showed.

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SPOTLIGHT

The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

by Ryan Gallagher – The Intercept

The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.

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Obese Intelligence – The NSA Search Engine

by Binoy Kampmark - CounterPunch

The Intercept was already getting the intelligence community excited with its revelations that the NSA decided to mimic inspector Google. The revelations have a few implications, the most obvious one confirming the transition between intelligence work and the policing function.

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BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS

The War for Nothing

by Uri Avnery – TRANSCEND Media Service

On the Israeli side: 71 dead, among them 66 soldiers, 1 child. On the Palestinian side: 2,143 dead, 577 of them children, 263 women, 102 elderly. 11,230 injured. 10,800 buildings destroyed. 8,000 partially destroyed. About 40,000 damaged homes. Among the damaged buildings: 277 schools, 10 hospitals, 70 mosques, 2 churches. Also, 12 West Bank demonstrators, mostly children, who were shot. Celebrating a similar triumph long ago, Pyrrhus, King of Epirus, remarked: “Another such victory and we will be lost!”

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Stop Playing the Anti-Semitism Card & Get Real about the Rise of Fascism in Israel

by Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service

Each time the subject of Israel's on-going genocidal treatment of Palestinians, many Jewish individuals throw around the anti-Semitism card, and non-Jews take a default position: self-censorship, rather than frank and brutally honest look at the empirically genocidal situation.

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Eradication as the Strategic Final Solution of the 21st Century?

by Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service

Indicative Checklist of Possible Domains of Application - The purpose of this exercise is to collect together the domains in which "eradication" is somehow considered the most appropriate manner of responding to what is framed as a problem.

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Killing Civilians

by John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

In Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions, Articles 51 and 54 outlaw indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations, and destruction of food, water, and other materials needed for survival.

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Nisteling: The Art of Deep Listening

by Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

I believe that this is the essential foundation step in any strategy to end human violence (in all of its manifestations).

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The Truth about the IS

by Dr. Chandra Muzaffar – TRANSCEND Media Service

Many of those who have condemned the Islamic State (IS) do not want to know how this terrorist outfit came into being in the first instance. It is a direct consequence of the Anglo-American invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003.

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IN FOCUS

On Course for Holocaust II…?

by Alan Hart – TRANSCEND Media Service

I believe that what I am going to say needs to be said and should be widely debated if the rising, global tide of “anti-Israelism” (I prefer the term anti-Zionism) is not to be transformed into anti-Semitism on a scale that could lead, in a foreseeable future, to Holocaust II.

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How Can US Go on Leading the World?

by Andrew Sheng - China Daily

US President Barack Obama declared that the question is not whether the US will lead, but how it will lead. But as the world becomes increasingly alienated from the US-centric international order, such declarations may be excessively optimistic. Indeed, in the coming "class war", no one seems quite sure whom to follow.

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CURRENT AFFAIRS

Russia Demands Publication of Recordings from Downed Flight MH17

by Reuters – The Telegraph

The data from the black boxes should be published, says Russia's deputy defence minister, saying the 'Boeing catastrophe throws up more and more questions'.

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Continuing Media Silence on the Fate of Flight MH17

by Stefan Steinberg, WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service

With a handful of exceptions, a shroud of silence has been drawn by the international media regarding the fate of Malaysian Airlines MH17, which crashed over Ukraine nearly six weeks ago.

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ANGLO AMERICA

The U.S. Jewish Community, Amoral Familism and the Crisis of Palestine

by Steve Koppman – Huffington Post

A Judaism that treasures Jewish lives and devalues Arab lives is no longer Judaism. The U.S. Jewish community had its political identity hijacked by an influential minority, including many community leaders and rabbis, who advocate for Israel no matter what it does.

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The Meltdown

by Bret Stephens – Commentary Magazine

The president was supposed to be ending wars, pressing resets, pursuing pivots, and restoring America’s good name. Instead, the foreign policy of the United States is in disarray. Failed policy has given way to an absence of policy. So it is in Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and, at least until recently, Ukraine.

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The US Government Can Brand You a Terrorist Based on a Facebook Post. We Can’t Let Them Make Up the Rules

by Arjun Sethi – The Guardian

Innocent people’s lives are being ruined. Why isn’t anyone watching the watchlist?

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The Ethnic Cleansing of Gaza: How the US Enables Israel

by Ron Forthofer - CounterPunch

Many Americans may think this foreign policy issue doesn’t concern them. If they think about this issue at all, many say that it’s not our business and we should just let them fight it out. However the US has been deeply involved in this conflict since before Israel declared its existence.

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BALKANS & EASTERN EUROPE

Washington’s “Pivot” Hits a Brick Wall: Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine

by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch

Barack Obama has pushed Ukraine to the brink of political, economic and social collapse. Now he wants to blame Russia for the damage he’s done. It’s absurd. That’s all Washington’s doing, just as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria were Washington’s doing.

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BRICS

President Mukherjee Rejects 97% of Mercy Pleas as India Gives Two Death Sentences Each Day

by Asian Centre for Human Rights – TRANSCEND Media Service

The empirical evidence establishes that death penalty does not act as deterrent. ACHR called upon the Government of India to amend all laws that provide death penalty and replace them with imprisonment for life.

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EUROPE

America Frightens Us

by Roman Baudzus – TRANSCEND Media Service

Political Europe Suppressed Under Washington's Thumb Is Waking Up - In the aftermath of the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, the Western media followed Washington’s lead and manipulated reports in order to make Europeans believe that Russia and Russian-supported separatists in eastern Ukraine were responsible for downing the airliner.

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The Changing Face of Europe’s Mafia

by Benjamin Fox – EUObserver

What is arguably more disturbing, not to mention much harder for law enforcement agencies to trace, is the infiltration of mafia groups in the legitimate business world.

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Dutch Intellectuals Apologize to Putin for Lies on MH17, Syria, Ukraine…

by Macedonian International News Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service

27 Aug 2014 - A letter sent by a prominent Dutch Professor to Russian president Vladimir Putin has attracted much media attention in Europe. The letter was written by Professor Cees Hamelink and signed by dozens of Dutch intellectuals and professors. Below is the letter in its entirety.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Fearing Political Islam: Why Arabs Betrayed Gaza

by Ramzy Baroud – Toward Freedom

Some Arab rulers continue to declare their strong support of Palestine and its cause. ‘Operation Protective Edge,’ however, has exposed beyond a doubt that such solidarity is just a mere show of words.

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PALESTINE / ISRAEL

Israel Plans Largest West-Bank Settlement Expansion in ’30 Years’

by Jeffrey Heller, Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service

Israel announced on Sunday [31 Aug 2014] a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions of the political echelon" by the military-run Civil Administration.

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There Can’t Be Peace until Israelis and Palestinians Start Seeing Each Other as Humans

by Lucas Bento – Huffington Post

Cultural diplomacy can also help tackle what Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung called "structural violence", that is, the existence of social structures, such as institutionalized racism.

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The Difference between Children

by Gideon Levy – Information Clearing House

After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane’s wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares.

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SYRIA IN DEPTH

U.S. Identifies Citizens Joining [Mercenary] Rebels in Syria, Including ISIS

by Michael S. Schmidt and Eric Schmitt – The New York Times

American intelligence and law enforcement agencies have identified nearly a dozen Americans who have traveled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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At Least 81 Nationalities [of Terrorists] Are Fighting in [against] Syria

by Ishaan Tharoor – The Washington Post

On Thursday [28 Aug 2014], the White House identified nearly a dozen Americans who joined the conflict in Syria. A British national is suspected to have beheaded American journalist James Foley, while a pair of Australians post selfies of themselves on social media grinning while clutching the severed heads of Assad soldiers.

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300 Americans [Terrorists] Fighting Alongside IS

by The Nation, Pakistan – TRANSCEND Media Service

30 Aug 2014 - The US government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, according to senior US officials.

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CAPITALISM

A Perfect Example of a Capitalist Abuser: Coca-Cola and Its Egregious History

by Heather Gray - CounterPunch

I find it hard to say anything positive about Coke, but apparently it is good for cleaning toilets. But remember, if you clean your toilet with Coke know what it took to create that one can/bottle of Coke from the following scenario in India:

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ECONOMICS

Colonization by Bankruptcy: The High-stakes Chess Match for Argentina

by Ellen Brown, Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service

Argentina is playing hardball with the vulture funds, which have been trying to force it into an involuntary bankruptcy. The vultures are demanding what amounts to a 600% return on bonds bought for pennies on the dollar.

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Sanctions & the Dollar: A Fall from Grace?

by Conn Hallinan – TRANSCEND Media Service

The recent round of sanctions aimed at Moscow over the crisis in the Ukraine could backfire on Washington by accelerating a move away from the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

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Dethrone ‘King Dollar’

by Jared Bernsteinaug – The New York Times

What was once a privilege is now a burden, undermining job growth, pumping up budget and trade deficits and inflating financial bubbles. To get the American economy on track, the government needs to drop its commitment to maintaining the dollar’s reserve-currency status.

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SOCIALISM / MARXISM

The Death Grip of Neoliberalism – Keynes Is Dead; Long Live Marx!

by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh - CounterPunch

Marx characterized capitalism’s ability to create a big pool of the unemployed (in order to create a poor and meek working class) as “immiseration” and submission of labor force—a built-in mechanism that is essential to the “general law” of capitalist accumulation: It follows that in proportion as capital accumulates, the lot of the labourer must grow worse.

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ENVIRONMENT

Cause of New Mexico Nuclear Waste Accident Remains a Mystery

by Ralph Vartabedian – Los Angeles Times

23 Aug 2014 - A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste, buried in a salt shaft 2,150 feet under the New Mexico desert, violently erupted late on Feb. 14 and spewed mounds of radioactive white foam contaminating the nation's only dump for nuclear weapons waste — and gave the nation's elite ranks of nuclear chemists a mystery they still cannot unravel.

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REVIEWS

Don’t Read This Book: A History of Literary Censorship

by Leo Robson – New Statesman

Reviews of Three New Works Concerned With Banned Literature

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Civil Resistance and Conflict Transformation: Transition from armed to nonviolent struggle

by René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

What if the original armed violence does not produce results? Can groups move from armed violence to other techniques? Should one modify if armed violence is blocked? TRANSCEND member Manish Thapa is one of the authors featured on this ‘Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution.’

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SEXUALITIES

The First Taiwan International Queer Film Festival Comes Out

by Victor Stevenson – TRANSCEND Media Service

Taiwan International Media and Education Association and Portico Media created ‘The First Taiwan International Queer Film Festival,’ which will be held in Taipei Sep 26 to 30, 2014 and in Kaohsiung Oct 3 to 7. In the inaugural year, the organizers have programmed 60 movies from 30 countries.

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SATIRE

Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons

by Andy Borowitz – The New Yorker

Much like the long-running national debates about jumping off a roof, licking electrical sockets, and gargling with thumbtacks, the vexing question of whether children should fire military weapons does not appear headed for a swift resolution.

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Monty Python State Department

by David Swanson, War Is A Crime – TRANSCEND Media Service

No actual diplomats were harmed in the making of this production. Scene: A cafe. One table is occupied by a group of Vikings wearing horned helmets.

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POETRY FORMAT

Revolutionary Rats

by Gary Corseri – TRANSCEND Media Service

You’re a rat in a maze and you can’t get out. The rats are eating the other rats. How do you like this luscious rat food?

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Let’s Wave the Nonkilling Flag: A Global Plea

by Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

When the Nonkilling Flag we wave We show our community how to be brave

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Geneva Accords?

by Tom Greening – TRANSCEND Media Service

I must admit that I am bored by each arcane humane accord.

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IN OTHER LANGUAGES

(Italiano) Praticare la nonviolenza come strumento di lotta e difesa del territorio

by Elena Camino – Centro Studi Sereno Regis

La Valsusa e il rifiuto della violenza. Campo MIR-MN – 10-17 agosto 2014

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(Português) A OTAN Desenterra o Machado de Guerra

by Flávio Aguiar – Carta Maior

Nas semanas próximas haverá mudança de comando e definições importantes em matéria da estratégia da OTAN para os próximos anos.

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(Italiano) Per una difesa nonviolenta

by Augusto Cavadi – Centro Studi Sereno Regis

La problematica appare dunque complessa e meriterebbe un’attenzione riflessiva che non risulta diffusa. Un’ipotesi di lavoro – teorica ma anche pratica – sarebbe di bilanciare l’esercito dei volontari in armi con un esercito, molto più consistente numericamente, di volontari disarmati. E’ in questa direzione che vanno le esperienze di Difesa Popolare Nonviolenta.

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(Português) De que solidariedade nos fala a União Europeia?

by Emir Sader – Carta Maior

Não se sabe bem por que razão a América Latina teria que ser solidária com a UE e com os EUA, que decidiram sanções contra a Rússia, sem nenhuma consulta a AL.

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(Español) Islamistas toman embajada de EE.UU. en Trípoli [Libia]

by TeleSur – TRANSCEND Media Service

31 Ago 2014 - La información fue reseñada por la agencia RT, portal que precisó-citando a un periodista de AP- que aunque las ventanas en el complejo han sido destrozadas, la mayoría del equipo que había sido dejado por los estadounidenses permanecieron intactos.

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(Italiano) USA-Israele vs. mondi arabo-musulmano: che succede?

by Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

Nulla di buono. Ma diamo uno sguardo con le modalità standard degli studi per la pace: diagnosi-analizzare, prognosi-prevedere, e terapia–rimedi, perfino soluzioni.

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(Italiano) Unirsi per la pace, costruire una pace sostenibile con valori universali nel centenario della I guerra mondiale – criminalizzando la guerra

by Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

La Pace di Westfalia del 1648 stabilizzò due cristianesimi al prezzo di un sistema statuale con il “diritto alla guerra”. Quel mandato istituzionale deve sparire.

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(Italiano) Galtung: Erdogan dovrebbe concentrarsi sulla politica estera

by Yonca Poyraz Dogan intervista Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

Galtung ha parlato con noi trattando più ampiamente la tematica durante la sua recente visita a Istanbul per la conferenza biennale dell’ International Peace Research Association (IPRA).

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(Français) Appliquer le modèle de l’État islamique au Yémen ?

by Laurent Bonnefoy – Centre Tricontinental-CETRI

Quelque peu reléguée au second plan par les chancelleries et les médias depuis la proclamation de l’État islamique par Abou Bakr Al-Baghdadi en Irak et Syrie, la question de l’emprise djihadiste au Yémen reste pourtant d’actualité.

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(Français) Tisa, ces négociations commerciales secrètes qui visent à accélérer privatisations et deregulation

by Agnès Rousseaux – Centre Tricontinental-CETRI

C’est un accord commercial dont presque personne ne parle, négocié dans l’opacité la plus totale. 50 pays, parmi les plus fervents défenseurs de la libéralisation, discutent en ce moment de l’ouverture du « marché des services » à la concurrence internationale. Éducation, santé, transports, télécommunications, services financiers... Tout est sur la table des négociations.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

That’s What Friends Are for – Diane Warwick & Friends (MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK)

by With Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder – TRANSCEND Media Service

Kick back, relax, enjoy...

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

American History

by Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

It was the first day of school and a new student named Yuki entered the fourth grade.

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